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Sanofi-aventis appoints finance chief

Sanofi-aventis has appointed Jérôme Contamine as chief financial officer, effective March 16

Sanofi-aventis (S-A) has appointed Jérôme Contamine as chief financial officer, effective March 16. He takes the position left by the promotion of Laurence Debroux who took the new post of chief strategic officer in February 2009.

Contamine comes from outside the pharma sphere, but has extensive knowledge of international corporations, and, according to chief executive officer, Chris Viehbacher, he has the right experience to help S-A restructure to take it towards its goal of becoming a global healthcare leader.

"Jérôme will be deeply involved in the simplification of our operational structures to adapt our group to future challenges," said Viehbacher.

Contamine previously worked for Veolia Environment as senior executive vice president, deputy general manager and chief financial officer. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, a prestigious French engineering school, and ENSAE, the national statistics and economics engineering school, affiliated with the Ministry of Finance. He graduated from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in the top 5 per cent. 

After four years at the "Cour des Comptes", as a senior state general auditor, he joined Elf Aquitaine in 1988, as advisor to the chief financial officer, and became group finance director and treasurer in 1991. He became the general manager of Elf Petroleum Norway in 1995. In 1999, he headed the taskforce for integration with Total, in charge of the reorganisation of the merged entity, TotalFinaElf, and in 2000, became vice president Europe and Central Asia, upstream division of Total. The same year, he joined Vivendi Environnement as chief financial officer, deputy general manager and member of the board.

11th March 2009

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